Vegan Thai Green Curry Noodle Bowl
No vegan recipe collection is complete without a Thai green curry recipe! Green curry is spicy, rich and flavorful and makes for an easy vegan dinner option. I like to pack my green curry bowls with healthy vegetables and flavorful rice varieties to add in extra color and nutrition. For this green curry bowl, I added sautéed shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, broccolini and cumin-spiced sweet potatoes. I also swapped out the rice for ramen rice noodles to mix up my vegan dinner options.
What is Green Curry?
Green curry is a Thai curry that blends together the flavors of garlic, galangal (Thai ginger), lemongrass, kafir lime, cilantro and cumin into a thick paste. (1) The paste is then used to make a broth, usually with coconut milk, which is then served over rice with meat and vegetables.
As with many Thai dishes, curry is often made using shrimp paste or fish sauce. This is why I like to make it at home. As many of you know, though, home for me is a small town in the Colorado mountains. This is another way of saying “good luck finding galangal or kafir lime leaves.” Only on a good day can I find lemongrass stalks.
The good news though, is that you can buy commercially made vegan green curry paste in the store. Thai Kitchen®, a popular brand found in most grocery stores is the one I used in this recipe. However, if you’re feeling ambitious, The Minimalist Baker has a vegan green curry paste recipe that uses simple ingredients you can find anywhere.
What Goes into a Green Curry?
Green curry is typically served over rice and features a meat with a variety of vegetables. These vegetables might include beans, bell peppers, eggplant, bamboo shoots and Thai sweet basil. Of the Thai curries, it tends to be the least spicy, but there is a sizeable margin for error here.
I decided to mix things up a bit and included shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, broccolini and cumin-roasted sweet potato in mine. I decided to omit tofu in this vegan recipe and make it veggie heavy instead. In my opinion, the cumin-roasted sweet potato stole the show. The sweetness of the roasted potatoes worked to temper the spice of the curry. I made up for the fish sauce by adding tamari, which added a savory balance to the richness of the coconut milk. Finally, I added some fresh lime juice and torn basil leaves at the end and the whole bowl just sang.
Putting this Curry Bowl Together at the End
You may notice as you read through the recipe that I cook a lot of elements of the bowl separately. For example, while the sweet potatoes are roasting, I blanch the asparagus and broccolini separately. I also cook the mushrooms and the ramen noodles apart from the other elements. While it’s a bit more work, I do recommend doing it this way. You just end up with the best possible taste out of each of the ingredients. As an added bonus, it makes for a much better presentation!
Vegan Thai Green Curry Noodle Bowl
No vegan recipe collection is complete without a Thai green curry recipe! Green curry is rich and flavorful and makes for an easy vegan dinner option. Pack your vegan green curry full of healthy vegetables and tofu. Make it a full vegan dinner by serving it with ramen noodles or over rice.
- 2 sweet potatoes washed and diced into small, bite-sized pieces
- 1 tbsp high-heat, neutral tasting oil I like avocado oil or grapeseed oil
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 2 bunches broccolini washed and trimmed
- 1 bunch asparagus washed, with the woody ends trimmed and then cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 yello onion diced
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 8-10 shiitake mushrooms rinsed, destemmed and sliced
- 4 oz jar green curry paste I like Thai Kitchen's
- 2 14 oz cans full fat, unsweetened, coconut milk
- 1 cup water or vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 1 pkg ramen noodles I like Lotus Food's Jade Green Ramen Rice Noodles (R); there should be four "bricks" of noodles in each package, one for each diner
- 8-10 basil leaves Thai basil is best if you can find it; washed and torn
- 1 handful cilantro leaves washed and torn
- 1-2 fresh limes washed and quartered
- sriracha sauce optional for additional spice
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Wash and dry the sweet potatoes, then dice them into bite-sized pieces. Toss in 1 T. of a neutral-tasting, high-heat oil (I like to use avocado or grapeseed oil) and sprinkle with 1 T. of cumin powder.
Spread the sweet potatoes out on a baking sheet and roast for 25-35 minutes. Check the potatoes every 5-10 minutes and toss them around 15 minutes for even roasting.
Prepare your broccolini, asparagus, mushrooms, onion, garlic, ginger, basil and cilantro.
While the sweet potatoes are roasting, add 1-2 inches of water to a large, deep skillet or stockpot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the broccolini and asparagus. Blanch until they are bright green (about 2-4 minutes) and immediately transfer to a bath of ice water. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes and then remove.
In a large stockpot, heat the coconut oil until shimmering. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high heat until they turn a golden brown then remove from the pot and set aside.
Add the onions into the stockpot and reduce the heat to medium. Sauté the onions until soft and translucent. About 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and continue to sauté for 2-3 more minutes, being careful not to burn. Stir in the green curry paste until cook until fragrant about 1-2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the coconut milk, water and tamari. Simmer until warmed through.
Cook the rice noodles al dente in a separate pot. Drain and rinse with cold water. You want to avoid overcooking the rice noodles.
Add the cooked noodles to your serving bowls and add ~1 cup of the curry broth. Add the roasted sweet potatoes, broccolini and asparagus. Top with torn basil and cilantro and season with fresh limes and sriracha sauce.
About Herbivore’s Kitchen
Herbivore’s Kitchen is a blog run by me, a plant-based home chef and aspiring food photographer. I switched my and my family’s diet to a plant-based diet at home after learning about the health benefits of going vegan. Making this change has prompted a variety of food and holistic-lifestyle related questions that I explore through this blog. I talk about how to pick and prepare the most nutritious foods, to how to reduce waste at home, to how to live a more sustainable lifestyle while on the road.